Regime, rebel reaches ceasefire deal

Regime, rebel reaches ceasefire deal

Regime, rebel reaches ceasefire deal

Upon reaching the Nasib border crossing between Syria and Jordan, the rebels' red-white-black flag with three red stars in the middle used to seen painted on every roadblock and nearly all walls.

"The agreement includes a cessation of hostilities by both sides", he added, without saying when the reported deal would go into effect.

The two-week-old attack that has killed dozens of civilians in the most intense bombardment of the strategic border region since the conflict began has taken a chunk of rebel territory northeast of Deraa city, where some rebels surrendered.

The Syrian government's campaign in Daraa is part of a broader offensive aimed at reclaiming the southwest region from rebel control.

Footage posted on social media of women and children pleading with King Abdullah to let them in has generated a wave of sympathy in Jordan with the plight of the newly displaced Syrians.

The Russians are crucial to any truce.

"The regime is trying to advance and the clashes are continuing".

Fleeing civilians have mostly sought shelter along the frontiers with Israel and Jordan, which is already hosting some 650,000 Syrian refugees. Jordanian authorities, citing security concerns, have refused to allow them to cross and have moved military reinforcements to the frontier.

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"We're waiting to see where we'll end up", the anonymous rebel commander, whose faction signed Friday's reconciliation deal, told Syria Direct on Monday. Touma said civilians were dispersed over a wide area.

He said the worldwide community should support Jordan and warned that thousands of lives would be lost if urgent action was not taken.

"There is no option for us if we see them (the regime) getting close", said Omar Abu Hamed, who fled from Russian bombing in the town of Saida, which fell to government troops on Thursday.

Clashes between both sides rocked the area between Daraa city and Um al-Mayazin. Once rebel groups are weakened, the Russians step in to stabilize the area.

The Syrian flag has been hoisted at the crossing, the country's main link to Jordan, Syria's state SANA news agency said. The Russian Foreign Ministry said this week that the offensive fulfilled an obligation to "eradicate terrorists".

But taking over the Nasib crossing is a major victory for the Syrian government, which wants to re-open the border crossing as a significant trade route. "That is just not true", Cohen said.

Under the agreement, Syrian forces will not be allowed to remain in the area re-taken by the government, sources told Al Jazeera. "We have ended their existence", he said of the rebels. More than 320,000 people are now displaced.

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